They survived the pressures of globalisation and now thrive internationally.
Bugs use their own defecation to defend their young, locate their homes and increase mating opportunities. For humans, insect faeces may even have untapped medicinal properties.
We're used to thinking of our eyes detecting light as the foundation of our visual system. But what's going on in other cells throughout the body that can detect light, too?
A collection of The Conversation Global's best articles on animals, from glow-in-the-dark frogs to the wood beetles that do humanity's dirty work.
There's a terrifying species that spreads rapidly, breeds prolifically and eats hundreds of plants. But the first research into the actual harm caused by giant African land snails found ... not much.
From shapeshifting octopi to acid-firing beetles.
A four-year puzzle has ended with the discovery of a new species of sunfish. These famously strange-looking animals are the largest bony fish in the oceans.
As much as one-third of animal species in the tropics could be eradicated if their habitats continue to be converted for monoculture farming. We can all do something to make a difference.
Researchers identified simple behavioral rules that allow these tiny creatures to collaboratively build elaborate structures, with no one in charge.
Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
Must the money raised to save wildlife always aid the most popular animals? New research suggests that marketing can persuade donors that northern hairy-nosed wombat lives matter too.
For over a century Australia’s venomous snakes have been counted amongst the world’s deadliest, yet human fatalities remain strikingly rare. How did our snakes develop such a fearsome reputation?
Zoos' role in conservation is divisive, but in Australia they could be critical in securing and even recovering threatened species.
On the Tibetan plateau, the village of Yunta shows that animals and humans can live peacefully and care for each other.
A bill has been proposed to ban testing cosmetics on animals in Australia. It will only affect a small number of animals, but it's an important step towards a global ban.
In many cultures and religions dogs are more than protection and security. But do they have an after-life?
Before we decide to eradicate or control an invasive species, like carp, we need plenty of scientific evidence and independent assessments first.
Why politicians need to stop playing politics with animals, and start taking their welfare seriously.
New parenthood got our fluid dynamics experts thinking about what ends up in the diaper. They headed to the zoo and the lab to come up with a cohesive physics story for how defecation works.
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